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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
This collection consists of images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The rolls are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station, or ship.  
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This collection includes records from 1798-1937.
  
The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.&nbsp;
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This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Only those rolls from T977,1893-1940 listed below have been indexed.
  
During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:&nbsp;
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The following rolls and dates from T977,1893-1940 have been indexed.:  
  
*Nativity (state or country)&nbsp;
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*roll  46 Sept-Oct 1905
*Date and place joined&nbsp;
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*rolls 87-99 Sept 1912-Dec 1913
*Age when&nbsp;enlisted&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*rolls 122-123 May -Jun 1917
*Date and place mustered in&nbsp;
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*roll  133 Feb 1918
*Place and date mustered out
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*rolls 135- 160 Mar 1918 -Jan 1919
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*rolls 163-180 Feb 1919-Sept 1919
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*rolls 282- 400  Mar 1928-Mar 1937
  
Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.
 
  
This collection covers the years 1798 through 1892.&nbsp;
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The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number.
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Images for the following rolls from T977,1893-1940 are not available in this publication.
  
Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay.
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*roll      2  Jul-Dec 1893
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*rolls 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
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*rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
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*roll  134  Feb 1918
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*rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
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*rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
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*rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940 
  
These records are generally accurate.
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For a list of records by dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916228/waypoints Browse].
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg|Muster Roll
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Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg|Monthly Detail
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.  
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The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.
  
{{Collection citation | text= "United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
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During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:  
  
[[United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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*Nativity (state or country)
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*Date and place joined
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*Age when enlisted
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*Date and place mustered in
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*Place and date mustered out
  
== Record Content  ==
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Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.
  
Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:
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Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg|thumb|right|United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 189.jpg]]
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'''Muster Roll volumes include indexes''' to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:
  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
 
*Name of officer or enlisted man  
Line 48: Line 113:
 
*Date of re-enlistment  
 
*Date of re-enlistment  
 
*Name of ship  
 
*Name of ship  
*Notes regarding promotions, etc.
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*Notes regarding promotions, transfers, physical description, etc.
  
In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:  
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In some cases, '''muster rolls''' also contain the following:  
 
 
[[Image:United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg|thumb|right|United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps DGS 5013506 187.jpg]]
 
  
 
*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
 
*Injuries or illness and type of treatment  
Line 61: Line 124:
 
*Sentence of court-martial
 
*Sentence of court-martial
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search you will need to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate dates of service.
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*The vessel your ancestor served on.
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "Years, Month Range"category which takes you to the images<br>
 
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1916228?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
  
These records are a valuable source of information for those wishing to learn more about ancestors who served in the Marines, particularly if only limited military information is known. To search for your ancestors you will need to know their&nbsp;full names. It is also helpful to know their&nbsp;approximate dates of service and the vessels served on.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1916228/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images<br>
  
If you are having difficulty finding your ancestor, look for variations in the spelling of the name. If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names. Comparing the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors will help you determine if you have found the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
  
If your surname is unusual, you may also find it helpful to compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. If the Marine had a common surname, be sure to check all records for the name before deciding which record is correct.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.  
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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*Allow for variations of physical descriptions since officers enlisting marines did not use measuring devices and standard lighting was not used. General trends will show through multiples enlistments.
  
For example:
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s Marine Corps Muster Roll, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
  
== Related Websites  ==
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook items in the [https://familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Library Catalog.] This can help you locate additional records to search for information on your family.}}
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
  
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/127.html National Archives]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937" Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br><br>
*[http://www.archives.com/GA.aspx?_act=ancestorsearch&klp=GA13002&cam=643&KW2=Military&gclid=CLz1yZuJvakCFeUbQgodKC66hQ Archives]
 
*[http://www.recordsbase.com/ Records Base]
 
*[http://civilwarsoldiersearch.com/marine-corps-records.html Civil War Soldier Search: Muster Rolls]
 
*[http://bit.ly/kW3szO Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps Film Notes]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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*[[U.S. Marine Corps]]
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}}
 
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the&nbsp;wiki article&nbsp;[[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
"United States, Muster Roles of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892" &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). r Thomas Burke, &nbsp;1 September 1865; citing Marine Corps Records, 1865 Jan.-Feb., Image 7; Record Group 127, NARA publication T1118, Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington D.C. United States.
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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Record Description
Record Type Muster Rolls
Record Group RG 127: Record of the United States Marine Corps
Collection years 1798-1937
Microfilm Publication T1118. Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corps, 1798-1892. 123 rolls.
  T977. Muster Rolls of Officers and Enlisted Men of the U.S. Marine Corps, 1893-1940. 461 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 546
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes records from 1798-1937.

This collection consists of an index and images of muster rolls of the United States Marine Corps located at the National Archives. The records are arranged chronologically by month, then by post, station or ship, and are part of Record Group 127 Records of the U.S. Marine Corps The muster rolls are from two National Archive microfilm publications, T1118 (1798-1892, 123 rolls) and T977 (1893-1940, 460 rolls). The muster rolls from T1118, 1798 -1892 have been indexed. Only those rolls from T977,1893-1940 listed below have been indexed.

The following rolls and dates from T977,1893-1940 have been indexed.:

  • roll 46 Sept-Oct 1905
  • rolls 87-99 Sept 1912-Dec 1913
  • rolls 122-123 May -Jun 1917
  • roll 133 Feb 1918
  • rolls 135- 160 Mar 1918 -Jan 1919
  • rolls 163-180 Feb 1919-Sept 1919
  • rolls 282- 400 Mar 1928-Mar 1937


The browse collection for the two publications are arranged by roll number. Images for the following rolls from T977,1893-1940 are not available in this publication.

  • roll 2 Jul-Dec 1893
  • rolls 100-121 Jan 1914-Apr 1917
  • rolls 124-132 Jun 1917-Jan 1918
  • roll 134 Feb 1918
  • rolls 161-162 Feb 1919
  • rolls 181-186 Oct 1919-Mar 1920
  • rolls 401-460 Apr 1937-Dec 1940
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

Collection Content

Sample Images

The Continental Marines were founded in 1775 to aid the original 13 colonies in their fight for independence. The Marine Corps was created in 1798. It was part of the Navy Department from 1834 until 1952, when it became a distinct branch of the military.

During the Civil War, muster rolls grew to include personal information including:

  • Nativity (state or country)
  • Date and place joined
  • Age when enlisted
  • Date and place mustered in
  • Place and date mustered out

Records of Marine Corps soldiers and officers are available at the National Archives in Record Group 127 for the years 1798 to 1904.

Muster rolls were used to record an idividual's service and pay. These records are generally accurate.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Muster Roll volumes include indexes to ship names, stations, and units. A muster roll generally shows:

  • Name of officer or enlisted man
  • Rank and unit in which served
  • Date of enlistment
  • Date of re-enlistment
  • Name of ship
  • Notes regarding promotions, transfers, physical description, etc.

In some cases, muster rolls also contain the following:

  • Injuries or illness and type of treatment
  • Date of death or discharge
  • Date of desertion
  • Date of apprehension
  • Date of court martial
  • Sentence of court-martial

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate dates of service.
  • The vessel your ancestor served on.


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Years, Month Range" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Allow for variations of physical descriptions since officers enlisting marines did not use measuring devices and standard lighting was not used. General trends will show through multiples enlistments.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s Marine Corps Muster Roll, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. This information will often lead you to other records.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Death dates may lead to death certificates, mortuary, or burial records.
  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census, church, and land records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication T1118. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.

Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937.


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